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Reader Laura on another Botox Scare Story

Posted Feb 15 2010 12:00am

Reader Laura’s Comment:

This story is about a man in St. Petersburg, Russia who went to various salons offering a cheaper Botox from a supplier somewhere in Chechnya. This “Botox” was found to be a potent clone of the real thing. No factory has been found and now officials fear the toxic ingredient in Botox could become terrorist tool.

Botulinum toxin is exactly that, a toxin. When it was first introduced for blepharospasm, it’s roots as a potential terrorist weapon were of concern to many.

We as Americans tend to subscribe to the theory that if something is good, then more of it must be better. Botulinum toxins show us that this is absolutely not the case.

The “Fake Botox” stories have been exploited to an extent by Allergan as it tries to maintain its former sole province over this huge money maker. Now with Dysport and Myobloc on the market, this rivalry will probably continue. There have been fake Botox stories with merit and at least one domestic fake Botox that actually worked, but was not FDA approved for human use.

Cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine have spread from the province of the plastic surgeon with some dangerous consequences. Potential patients must scrutinize potential providers of Botox or any cosmetic treatment to ascertain safety and effectiveness. This isn’t a territorial statement. It is simply a fact.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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